OSCE donates dismantling equipment

TBILISI, Georgia, May 13 (UPI) — Georgian efforts to dismantle old munitions received a boost Wednesday with an equipment donation from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Finnish Ambassador Terhi Hakala, head of the OSCE mission in Georgia, announced Wednesday the OSCE’s donation of munitions-dismantling equipment to the Georgian Defense Ministry, the OSCE reported. Hakala said the equipment, which will also safely recycle the obsolete munitions, comes from Ukraine‘s defense service. Officials said the equipment has been used at Georgia’s Dedoplitskaro military installation since 2005 as part of an OSCE program. “This equipment will enable the Georgian Defense Ministry to recycle TNT-filled warheads in order to deal with this environmental threat in an effective way,” Hakala said in a statement.


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Credentials Challenged, Radical Quotes West Point


Published: April 29, 2009

BEIRUT, Lebanon — He has been mentor to some of the most brutal terrorists on earth. But Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a prominent cleric and theorist of jihad living in Jordan, has grown tired of hearing younger extremists accuse him of going soft.


The site Jihadica notes Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi’s citation and has one of its own.

So in a recent Internet post to his followers, Mr. Maqdisi defended his hard-line credentials by invoking a higher authority: the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

“Credit is due to the testimony of enemies,” Mr. Maqdisi wrote, as he directed his readers to a recent journal article by Joas Wagemakers, a Dutch scholar of jihadism, and the “Militant Ideology Atlas,” both published by the center. Both identified Mr. Maqdisi as a dangerous and influential jihadi theorist, he noted. Continue reading

University Avenue remains shut for fourth day, as Tamils continue occupation

By Melissa Leong, National Post

For the fourth day in a row, hundreds of Tamil Canadians remain on University Avenue today, with many saying they will stay indefinitely.

‘‘University Avenue will remain closed between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West, throughout the day,’’ Toronto police said in a 9 a.m. press release. ‘‘The Toronto Police Service … is committed to working with those who wish to express their views in a peaceful and safe manner.’’

The peaceful demonstration at its peak drew thousands of protesters to the front of the U.S. Consulate to draw attention to the ongoing civil war in Sri Lanka.

“We’re going to be out here for as long as it takes,” Ghormathie Thevaraajah, a 21-year-old York University student, said yesterday. Continue reading

Group of Twenty

Meeting of the Ministers and Central Bank Governors


“Strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement: 1928 – 2007”


“Cyberspace and National Security in the United Kingdom”


Russian Foreign Policy”


from ‘EU-Russia Centre.


Court orders medical examination to determine Kasab’s age

Friday, April 24, 2009 (13:53:34)

Mumbai: A special court here today ordered a medical test to determine the correct age of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught alive in the November 2008 terror strike on Mumbai.

Special Judge M.L. Tahilyani’s order came on an application by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, countering the defence plea to try Kasab as a juvenile on grounds that he is 17 years old. Continue reading

German Officials Say Men Opposed Afghan Mission

Trial Opens in Alleged Plot Against U.S. Targets

German Officials Say Men Opposed Afghan Mission

Daniel Schneider, left, greets his attorney through a window as he and co-defendant Adem Yilmaz, second from right, sit with police in a German courtroom. (By Federico Gambarini — Pool)

By Craig Whitlock Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, April 23, 2009

BERLIN, April 22 — Four members of an alleged Islamist terror cell went on trial Wednesday, charged with plotting to kill dozens of Americans and Germans in a campaign to force Germany to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Continue reading